|Forsyth County Schools is home to 9 outstanding middle schools, featuring grades sixth through eight grade. All buildings are new or recently renovated, and include a cafeteria, media center, gymnasium and outdoor play fields. All middle school buildings are built from the same prototype, but vary between one and two-story designs. |
Middle schools begin at 9:00 am and release at 4:15 pm (for scheduled early release days, students depart at 1:30 pm). Based on primary residency, school attendance lines determine the middle school children attend. Students study basic skills such as language arts, mathematics, science and social studies. In additional to the core areas, students may also receive instruction by certified teachers in connections classes, such as health and physical education, art, music, band, chorus, technology, computer literacy, drama, creative writing and speech/debate, and foreign language. An increased emphasis is placed on writing across all subject areas.
All middle schools offer high school credit for every student. Students throughout the district will have the opportunity to carry as many as four units of credit with them as they enter their freshman year of high school in 2012-13. Middle schools have traditionally offered Accelerated Math I and Spanish I as high school credit bearing courses for select students. Based on the success of those courses, middle and high school principals worked to develop a plan to increase course offerings at the middle school level with the goal of providing credit opportunities for every student. As a result, the expanded course offerings for 2011-12 are: Accelerated Math 1, Physical Science, Spanish 1, Beginning Band, Beginning Chorus 1, Dramatic Arts, Visual Arts, Computing in the Modern World, and Study Skills.
Middle schools provide numerous programs to meet the needs of all students. Programs are offered for student with special needs (includes speech), early intervention, English Language Learners and gifted students. Various clubs/organization are also offered at each middle school, which may include but are not limited to: academic bowl team, builders club, drama club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCS), 4-H club, HAM club, Jr. Beta club, robotics, tech club, yearbook, art club, media club, chess club, student council, intramural sports and Y-club. School websites have a complete list of the activities and clubs offered at each school. Additionally, middle schools offer athletics, such as football, girls and boys basketball, track, golf, and football, basketball and competition cheerleading. School websites have more information on specific activities offered at each school.
All middle classrooms feature a built-in projector and interactive whiteboard. Computers are available to students in the classroom and media center, and also with portable computer stations. Parents may view their child’s academic progress daily through ParentPortal and have access to ANGEL for 24/7 online learning.
Students in grades six through eight receive grade reports on a quarterly basis throughout the school year. The interim reports are issued at the nine and 27 week points and the report cards are issued at 18 and 36 weeks. The reports include a numerical average for the grading period as well as a formative and summative grade breakdown. The grades are weighted 80% summative and 20% formative to formulate the average.
All schools have full-time nurses on staff, as well as counselors and Instructional Technology Specialists (ITS). Each school has numerous volunteer opportunities for parents, including PTA/Os, boosters, Local School Councils (LSC), mentoring and classroom volunteers. Breakfast and lunch are served daily to students.
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